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Midterm Season is Coming Up- Here's the Ultimate Guide to Academic Success

Student Life

November 13, 2023

Midterm season is a difficult time for students for several reasons: sleep deprivation, a heavy workload, and grades at stake. By planning and reviewing the curriculum, students can reserve enough time to prepare. Avoiding procrastination and using studying techniques can maximize your academic success. Here are eight tips to ace your midterms.

Avoid Focusing on Upcoming Breaks

Often, students look forward to their breaks after midterms. However, this can make them seem unbearable, since it is a primary challenge. Focusing solely on your assessments will help you remain focused, instead of distracted by holiday/weekend plans.

Try seeing midterm season as an opportunity for learning, rather than an obstacle to pass. Adjusting your mindset is necessary to succeed in your exams.

Make a Study Schedule

Rushing into midterms and working to complete them without a schedule is risky.. It will minimize your chances of success while leading to procrastination and missed deadlines. Therefore, try setting aside specific time to work and prepare for your midterms. You got this!

It’s recommended to consider breaks and additional obligations when adjusting your schedule. Your needs and time may shift, so make sure that your schedule is flexible. Also, be honest and realistic with yourself when designating your studying time.

Ask Questions and Seek Clarification

If you don’t understand certain components of your midterm content (or the grading process), meet with your teachers and access class resources. Try to meet them in advance, which gives you enough time to prepare and for them to respond. Do not be hesitant to seek clarification. Often, it will help you understand the content of your midterms and study with intention.

Studying Techniques

Students often use techniques that work best for them, instead of expanding upon their foundation for studying. Try approaching the midterm in various ways. For example, instead of simply solving a math problem using a specific formula, teach it to another student who struggles with the procedure. This can help you strengthen your understanding while supporting others.

However, if you cannot use study techniques that require absorbent amounts of time, then you should consistently study throughout the week. Stay motivated!

Focus on the Process, Not the Outcome

Test anxiety is a factor that leads to poor academic performance. While midterm season seems like a large obstacle to tackle, remember that it is a mound of small tasks that leads up to an assessment. Go piece by piece, focusing on doing your best work and studying hard. It will pay off!

Understandably, the fear of failing midterms is partly inevitable. Counter your thoughts with self-affirmations and positivity. A bright outlook can do no harm!

Avoid Distractions and Side Plans

While it may seem tempting to hang out with friends during midterm season as stress relief, it can also become detrimental if overdone. Try studying with friends who have the same courses, collaborating efficiently to prepare. However, if you work best alone, study accordingly.

Avoid scrolling through social media, and limit distractions while studying. Work in a quiet, well-lit environment to maximize your academic success.

Organize Your Tasks

Using a planner can help you complete all of your tasks proficiently. Organize your binders into sections while keeping your workspace clean. If you are missing any worksheets or lecture notes, then form a plan to make-up your work. A thorough understanding and mastery of academic content will help you ace your midterms.

If you are feeling overwhelmed by your tasks, then consider how you can complete them. Should you prioritize studying for a test or making up a missing assignment? Use your reasoning to your advantage.

Set Reminders

It happens. Every student has forgotten about a deadline/test date. Identifying poor studying habits can help you flourish academically and prepare efficiently.

As previously mentioned, a planner is handy when studying for your midterms. Using your phone to set reminders is another option, but make sure that it does not turn into a distraction. Turn off app notifications to avoid becoming sidetracked.

With dedication and a personalized study schedule, you can efficiently manage your tasks and ace your midterms. Practicing self-discipline and working hard are two significant components of success. Regardless of the outcome, every test serves as a chance to grow academically. Good luck!

Kelly Halliburton
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Kelly Halliburton is a member of the Creative Writing Conservatory at Orange County School of the Arts in Santa Ana, California. She enjoys writing poetry and volunteering. Through exploring themes of student life and personal growth, she aspires to project meaningful ideas in the community.